Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On October 24, ...

... 1961, U.S. Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
... 1945, with the midafternoon deposit by the Soviet Union of the 29th instrument of ratification, and the 4:50 p.m. attesting signature by U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes in Washington, D.C., the Charter of the United Nations entered into force. The event marked a formation process begun with a 1942 declaration. On signing, a prescient Byrnes said that

the Charter was now a 'part of the law of nations' and that it was 'a memorable day for the peace-loving peoples of all nations.' But he warned that peace depended upon the will of the peoples for peace rather than upon documents.

The date is set aside as United Nations Day, for which this year's slogan is “Global Health: A Critical Component to Development.”

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